What happened on 19 June?

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Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 19 June, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 19 JUNE

2012 | WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange applied for asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for fear of being repatriated to the United States after secret documents were published including footage of civilian killings by the US army.

2009 | Mass riots involving more than 10 000 people and 10 000 police officers erupted in Shishou, China, over suspicion of the death of a local chef.

2007 | A bomb blast at the al-Khilani Mosque in Baghdad killed at least 78 people and injured 218 others.

1991 | The Soviet occupation of Hungary ended.

1990 | For the first time in Norway, the current international law defending indigenous peoples, Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989, was ratified 

1990 | The Communist Party of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic was formed in Moscow.

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BIRTHDAYS

1960 | American runner and coach, Johnny Gray.

1980 | Irish cricketer, Jean Carroll.

1930 | American actress, Gena Rowlands.

1937 | French philosopher and author, André Glucksmann, died in  2015.

1971 | English footballer, Chris Armstrong.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2015 | American novelist and short-story writer, James Salter, 90.

2016 | American actor, Anton Yelchin, 27.

2014 | Ivorian footballer, Ibrahim Touré, 29.

2017 | American college student detained in North Korea, Otto Warmbier, 23.

2007 | Mexican singer-songwriter, actor, producer, and screenwriter, Antonio Aguilar, 88.

SPORTS

2014 | Leeds United named Dave Hockaday as their new manager on this day.

ENTERTAINMENT

2020 | Feel the Beat” was released on this day in the United States. It was directed by Elissa Down.

AFRICA FACT

Sao Tome gained independence in 1975 and was founded by the Portuguese in 1470.

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